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  • Stampede

  • Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike
  • 著者: Brian Castner
  • ナレーター: Brian Castner
  • 再生時間: 8 時間 8 分
  • 完全版 オーディオブック
  • カテゴリー: 歴史, 世界

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A gripping and wholly original account of the epic human tragedy that was the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. One hundred thousand men and women rushed heedlessly north to make their fortunes; very few did, but many thousands of them died in the attempt.

In 1897, the United States was mired in the worst economic depression that the country had yet endured. So when all the newspapers announced gold was to be found in wildly enriching quantities at the Klondike River region of the Yukon, a mob of economically desperate Americans swarmed north. Within weeks tens of thousands of them were embarking from western ports to throw themselves at some of the harshest terrain on the planet - in winter yet - woefully unprepared, with no experience at all in mining or mountaineering. It was a mass delusion that quickly proved deadly: avalanches, shipwrecks, starvation, murder. 

Upon this stage, author Brian Castner tells a relentlessly driving story of the gold rush through the individual experiences of the iconic characters who endured it. A young Jack London, who would make his fortune but not in gold. Colonel Samuel Steele, who tried to save the stampeders from themselves. The notorious gangster Soapy Smith, goodtime girls and desperate miners, Skookum Jim, and the hotel entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney. The unvarnished tale of this mass migration is always striking, revealing the amazing truth of what people will do for a chance to be rich.

©2021 Brian Castner (P)2021 Random House Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JDP
  • 2021/05/03

Great story, really enjoyed this book

I read about the book in the WSJ review & really enjoyed it & highly recommend. Wasn't aware of the magnitude of this gold rush & fun to learn about the characters & history involved. Will look into other books written by this author.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill
  • 2021/06/04

Excellent story of an unimaginable time.

I grew up in Southern California and was very familiar with the romanticized Hollywood stories of the California gold rush. Brian’s retelling of an unfamiliar (to me) gold rush in a way that brought to the surface the gritty reality of the time in a way that was brutally honest was both captivating and refreshing.

It was captivating in the narrative that had me flinch with pain and shiver with cold as he described the conditions of the time. From the comfort of my modern life, It’s hard to fathom the hardships and deprivation mankind will endure, and the depths of evil that existed then and remains today.

It was refreshing to hear Brian unflinchingly use language of the day to truly capture the historical significance of the time. To retell past sins in an honest way is, in my humble opinion, the only way to ensure those sins are not repeated.

Thank you, Brian, for the courage to tell the tale as it needed to be told.

I highly recommend this book and all of Brian’s works.